The Knowledge Exchange Unit supports the exchange of information between UK Researchers and Parliament. They prepare a list of opportunities for researchers each week, which we will be disseminating in part through this blog.

If you are engaging in any of these opportunities, please email Glenn Harris or Suzi Edwards

These opportunities have been compiled by UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU).

Take a look at the KEU’s webhub of information and resources for researchers

These opportunities and resources have been sent to members of the KEU’s informal network for knowledge mobilisers, for circulation to the research community (find out more about the network).

Select committee inquiries launched in the last seven days (since 27 January 2022)

Please click the title of any inquiry listed below to be taken to a summary of that inquiry and the full call for evidence.

Remember that you don’t have to answer every question posed in each call for evidence. And you can also explore all select committee inquiries currently open for submissions of written evidence

Select committee inquiries launched since 20 January 2022

Please click the title of any inquiry listed below to be taken to a summary of that inquiry and the full call for evidence.

Why should I engage? Submitting evidence to a select committee can lead to further engagement, such as an invitation to give oral evidence. Your submission will be published on the Committee webpage. Your insights may inform the Committee’s conclusions or recommendations it makes to the Government. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament. You can also read more on engagement for impact.

More information: Explore all select committee inquiries currently open for submissions of written evidence

Support resources: Find guidance on submitting evidence to select committees on the KEU’s ‘how to guides’ page. Watch our 30 minute online training session “How to work with select committees”.

Directed Call of the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme – apply now!

The Directed Call of the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications! The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme gives university-based researchers and staff working in knowledge exchange the opportunity to participate in a fellowship project with an office in UK Parliament. Each fellowship project in the Directed Call has been proposed by a team at Parliament as a project on which academic input is needed. 

There are 12 projects open for applications. There is plenty more information on our Parliamentary Academic Fellowships webpage, including details on eligibility, funding, key dates and the application process. The webpage lists all fellowship projects open to applications, and links to more information about – and the application pages for – each project.

The deadline for applications is 23.55 on Sunday 13 March 2022. 

Each Fellowship details its proposed location, timeline and working arrangements. We encourage flexible working, and applicants can discuss this with host teams at interview stage.

We expect that applicants will hear the outcome of their initial application and, if successful, be invited to interview, in April 2022. Depending on timelines for security clearance, fellowships may begin from June 2022. Should any changes to this timeline be necessary, we will update the webpage.

We’d be delighted if you would consider applying for any relevant project. Please do also feel free to share this announcement with your networks. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability.

We will be running an online information session about the fellowships at 12:00 –1:15pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022. The session will give an overview of the scheme and the application process, and tips on drafting an application. Attendees will also hear from people who have participated in the scheme before. This session will be recorded for anyone not able to attend and made available on this webpage afterwards.

Book a free place at the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme 2022: information session, 12:00 – 1:15pm, Wednesday 9 February 2022

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us on  

Why should I engage? Fellowships offer the opportunity to work closely with a team in Parliament, supporting and informing its work, building capacity or helping evolve processes, or delivering a unique project. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament hereAnd find more on engagement for impact here.   

More information: Find out more information about the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme here. And find information about the outcomes and impacts arising from previous fellowships here.

Five new POSTnotes announced – contribute your expertise!

Following approval from the POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) Board, POST has announced it will be working on five new POSTnotes, ranging from biosecurity to cyber warfare. You can find the POST work programme here.

The POSTnotes are on the topics of:

You can get in touch with the POST team if you would like to contribute your expertise to a briefing POST are producing – the links above include contact details for each POSTnote along with lots more information.

Find out more about how to contribute to these POSTnotes as an expert.

Why should I engage? POSTnotes are used by Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and UK Parliament staff to navigate complex research. Contributing to a POSTnote is a good way of feeding your expertise into the UK Parliament as part of a trusted, impartial publication. All contributors are acknowledged online when the POSTnote is published. On publication, you and your organisation’s communications team will be notified to publicise the POSTnote and your contribution. Therefore your contribution can help raise your profile and promote your research. 

More information: Find out more about contributing to a POSTnote. For queries about POST or POSTnotes contact POST.

Guide to writing for a parliamentary audience

You may be interested in this new 3 page guide, ‘Writing for a parliamentary audience’, coproduced with the devolved legislatures, on how to communicate with parliaments. 

It includes guidance on writing accessibly and with balance, selecting relevant content, and on structure. 

Please do feel free to share the guide with anyone in your networks who may find it useful.

If you’re interested in finding out more about writing for a parliamentary audience, you might like to watch the Knowledge Exchange Unit’s recorded online training session on writing for a parliamentary audience.

A Parliament fact to tell your colleagues

You may know that Parliament has select committees, based within the House of Commons and House of Lords. Did you also know that Parliament has Joint Committees, with membership drawn from both the House of Commons and House of Lords?

In these committees, Members from both Houses meet and work as one committee. Members appoint a single chairman who can be an MP or a Member of the Lords.

There are permanent and temporary Joint Committees. They may conduct an ongoing examination of a particular area, or they may be set up to consider specific topics, like those set up to consider draft Bills.

Joint Committees operate like other select committees. Reports are available to the public in printed and online formats.

So what?
Three Joint Committees meet on a regular basis. These are the Human Rights Joint Select Committee, National Security Strategy Joint Select Committee and the Statutory Instruments Joint Select Committee.  

You can keep an eye out on inquiries they run by following the Joint Committees on Twitter if they have a Twitter account, and/ or through this Knowledge Exchange Unit weekly round-up.

More information